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Columbus gets two custom pairs of iconic ‘Chuck Taylors’ designed by IU student

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By Nicole Pence

COLUMBUS, Ind. (Oct. 23, 2014)-- Any basketball fan will tell you Converse "Chuck Taylor" All-Stars shoes are iconic. You would most likely recognize the shoe, but did you know the guy behind the famous footwear is from right here in Indiana?

Chuck Taylor grew up in Columbus, and for the first time his famous style is highlighting his Hoosier heritage.

"Chuck Taylor is a household name. And growing up in Indiana, if you are a basketball fan or not, you know what a pair of Chucks are," said Jeff Hester, athletic director at Columbus North High School.

Taylor was the captain of the Columbus High School varsity basketball team from 1916 to 1919. He went on to become a traveling salesman for Converse and the marketing force behind these all-star shoes.

More than 800 million pairs of "Chucks" have been sold to date.

In May, Mayor Kristen Brown called Converse and asked them to design a shoe for Chuck's hometown.

An Indiana University student created the design using Taylor's signature on the classic Columbus "Dancing C" logo.

The special edition shoes come in blue for the Columbus North Bulldogs and orange for the Columbus East Olympians.

People are buying them up in large numbers. If you want a pair, you should act quickly.

You can order the shoes online until Nov. 9. Converse is also offering a discount through Hoosier Sporting Goods in Columbus.